I thought I'd start this month with a breeding reference. In this case it's a Little Raven's nest about 30m up an elm tree along Briars-Sharrow Rd. (I decided it was a Little Raven based on the calls coming out of the nest.)
Then I went to have a look into Foxlow Lagoon from the road and immediately spotted a White-breasted Sea Eagle sitting in the willows between the Lagoon and the railway line. At one point it seemed to be calling but I couldn't see a second bird: it would be
Overall diversity (70 species recorded) has been effectively average for July:
As always, thanks to the observers who have provided reports to me for the month. These have covered sites in Whiskers Creek Rd, Wanna Wanna Rd, and Hoskinstown Village. Please pass on interesting sightings to me by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Waterbirds (pt 1): (pt 2); (Pt 3); (Pt 4): Musk Duck; Black Swan; Australian Wood Duck; Australian Shoveler; Grey Teal; Pacific Black Duck; Hardhead; Australasian Grebe; Little Black Cormorant; Little Pied Cormorant; White‑faced Heron; Eurasian Coot; Masked Lapwing.
2 Birds of Prey: Black-shouldered Kite; White-bellied Sea-eagle; Wedge-tailed Eagle; Nankeen Kestrel; Brown Falcon; Australian Hobby.
3 Parrots and Relatives: Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo; Gang‑gang Cockatoo; Galah; Sulphur‑crested Cockatoo; Australian King‑parrot; Crimson Rosella; Eastern Rosella; Red-rumped Parrot
4 Kingfishers and other non-songbirds (Pt 1) (Pt 2) (Pt 3): Crested Pigeon; Tawny Frogmouth; Laughing Kookaburra;
5 Honeyeaters: Eastern Spinebill; White-eared Honeyeater; Noisy Miner; Red Wattlebird; Brown‑headed Honeyeater;
6 Flycatchers and similar species: Golden Whistler Grey Shrike-thrush; Willie Wagtail; Magpie-lark; Scarlet Robin; Flame Robin; Eastern Yellow Robin; Welcome Swallow;
7 Thornbills, Finches and similar species (Pt 1) (Pt 2): Superb Fairy-wren; White-browed Scrubwren; Weebill; Striated Thornbill; Yellow Thornbill; Yellow‑rumped Thornbill; Buff‑rumped Thornbill; Silvereye; Double‑barred Finch; Red‑browed Finch; Diamond Firetail; House Sparrow; European Goldfinch
8 Other, smaller birds: White-throated Treecreeper; Dusky Woodswallow; Common Blackbird; Common Myna; Common Starling; Mistletoebird; Australasian Pipit;
9 Other, larger birds: Satin Bowerbird; Grey Butcherbird; Australian Magpie; Pied Currawong; Grey Currawong; Australian Raven; Little Raven; White-winged Chough